Fans Rail Against PSSI Sanctions As Persipura Prepares Appeal
More than 100 Persipura Jayapura supporters rallied in front of the Papua Provincial Legislative Council in Jayapura on Friday, protesting the Indonesian Football Association disciplinary committee’s sanctions against the club.
Persipura was banned from the Copa Indonesia for one year by the association, also known as the PSSI, after the team abandoned the cup final on June 28.
Supporters asked for the government’s help in urging President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to disband the PSSI and elect new officials to run it.
Banners held aloft during the hourlong rally read “President, please, disband PSSI” and “PSSI wants to kill Persipura.”
In addition to the club’s ban, Persipura players Ernest Jeremiah and Alberto Goncalves received three-year suspensions from all Indonesian football, and club chairman Manase Robert Kambu, who is also the Jayapura mayor, was banned from football for two years.
Kambu said the club planned to appeal the penalties.
“Of course, we can’t accept the PSSI sanctions,” he said. “We’ve prepared our appeal letter and will send it to the appeals committee.”
Appeals committee chief Rusdi Taher said all parties had the right to appeal and the committee would act once it received the letter from Persipura.
“We have yet to receive their appeal request. We will give them 14 days from when they received the disciplinary committee’s official verdicts — longer than that and their right to appeal has expired,” Rusdi told state-run news agency Antara on Friday.
The disciplinary committee handed down the sanctions against Persipura on July 24.
Jeremiah elected not to wait for the appeal and has already found a new club, Hangzhou Greentown in the Chinese Super League. The Nigerian made his debut in the club’s 8-2 exhibition loss to Manchester United on July 26.